Life Drawings 24/10/2022

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Life drawings 24/10/2022 (acrylic/ink/pastels/chatcoal on A1 paper 84cm x 59cm – 2.5 hours, 1 hour, 45 mins). Started boldly as usual, but ended up getting sidetracked by ‘local colour’ and muting everything. Sigh… Great poses by the model, though!


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Still wrestling with creative ennui on the studio, so continuing to focus on reworking just one pose. Currently obsessed with Francis Bacon’s figures and especially his use of random shadows. Creativity tip: keeping the studio (garage) door closed and blasting music out at high volume really helps to drown out my thoughts and allow the paint to ‘speak’. All acrylic on A1 paper (84 x 59cm/23 x 33in)


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I’m in the creative doldrums at the moment, so just messing around and reworking the same pose in different styles. Currently thinking about Francis Bacon’s figures and the film Metropolis as they seem to sum up the state of the world at the moment. Graphite on A1 paper (84x59cm), acrylic on A0 paper (168x118cm)

New Painting: The Ugly Duchess

The Ugly Duchess

New painting (oil on canvas 61.7cm x 61.7 cm/24.3in x 24.3in). It’s based on the satirical portrait, The Ugly Duchess, by Quentin Matsys (1513), and is a portrait of Klaus Schwab, head honcho at the World Economic Forum, who’s promoting the idea that ‘we’ eat insects. It’s the first of the Momus series of satirical portraits of the great and the good. Tentative titles: The Ugly Duchess (obvs…); Let Them Eat Cucaracha; WEF? WTF?! Other suggestions gratefully received. He/she was originally holding a bright green locust, but I thought that might be even more off-putting. This painting is for sale…